Information from the Washington Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability Documentation Position Paper on Health and Physical Disabilities.
Students seeking support services from Washington State University Spokane on the basis of any disability may be required to provide documentation form a qualified professional to support their request for accommodations. This documentation serves three purposes:
- To establish that the student can be considered a person with a disability, and therefore, eligible for protection against discrimination on the basis of disability.
- To supplement information from the student regarding the impact of the disability.
- To support and inform the development of reasonable accommodation (auxiliary aids and services) designed to facilitate equal access to University environments on a case-by-case basis.
- Health and Physical Disabilities
- Visual Impairment
- Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Psychiatric Disability
- Test Anxiety
Disability and medical information is confidential and not shared except where disclosure is required by law or is necessary to facilitate legitimate University processes, including granting appropriate accommodations, addressing direct threats or investigating claims or charges.
Students are encouraged to submit what they have for review to a disability resources counselor. Provisional accommodations may be established while additional documentation is being obtained. If additional documentation is needed, the counselor can work with the student and diagnostician to clarify what information is needed. If the student does not currently have a health care provider that can update documentation, the counselor can help the student identify local providers who may be of assistance.